FALL 2013


Monday, September 9

Dual Perspective: Contemplative Science Conducted by Contemplative Practitioners
Jessica Noggle
1:00 PM
ANT 206
Co-sponsored by the Meditation Research Group. Contact Jenny Mascaro for more information.

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States
Seth M. Holmes, PhD, MD
4:15 PM (note new time)
ANT 206

Dr. Holmes will discuss his research with migrant farmworkers and how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine their health and healthcare. Holmes trekked with his informants illegally through the desert into Arizona and was jailed with them. He lived with indigenous Mexican families in the mountains of Oaxaca and in farm labor camps in the United States, planted and harvested corn, picked strawberries, accompanied sick workers to clinics and hospitals, and mourned at funerals for friends. His book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies conveys the full measure of struggle, suffering and resilience of migrant farmworkers.

Seth M. Holmes, an anthropologist and physician, is Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Listen to the NPR interview with Seth Holmes here.

Dr. Holmes' visit is co-sponsored by the Emory Center for Human Health, the Emory Physician Assistant Program and the Emory Department of Emergency Medicine.

Monday, October 7

Some Na Ceremonies - Film screening and graduate seminar
Tami Blumenfield (Asian Studies, Furman University)
11:30 AM
ANT 206
Co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute in Atlanta

Some Na Ceremonies, created by Na directors Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji and produced by Tami Blumenfield, is a montage of five short pieces. Representations of Na people (a.k.a. Moso) usually center on their matrilineal kinship system, overlooking religion, a central aspect in the lives of Na people. This film's directors decided to intervene in this omission, capturing important ceremonies on digital video. Ranging from a film festival, to a pig-sacrifice ceremony, to a three-day funerary ceremony, the ceremonies presented here are rivetingly elaborate and spiritually meaningful. By avoiding interpretation or voice-over narration but using carefully crafted visual images, the film emphasizes the partiality of any representational attempt. The ceremonies presented are but a glimpse of a much larger ceremonial and spiritual world. 
View the trailer.

Tami Blumenfield is James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Furman University.  She is an anthropologist of China and documentary film producer who earned her doctorate at the University of Washington in 2010. While a college sophomore studying Chinese at Yunnan University, she took a short-term leave of absence to act in a Yunnan Minority Film Studios feature film, 幸福花园 (Garden of Happiness). Dr. Blumenfield has since spent more than four years conducting fieldwork in ethnically diverse regions of southwest China on educational practices, cultural heritage politics, social change and media production.

Much of her research has explored social change in Na villages located in and around tourist zones near Lugu Lake. Her book manuscript Screening Moso: Communities of Media in Southwest China, supported by a publication fellowship from the American Association for University Women, discusses a collaboration and participatory media project with the Moso Folk Museum. Dr. Blumenfield continues to collaborate with Moso Folk Museum directors Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji.

Tuesday, October 22

40 Years of Silence (2009) by Robert Lemelson
Film screening followed by reponses from Professors Matthew Bernstein (Film and Media Studies, Emory) and Jim Hoesterey(Religion, Emory) and a Q & A session with the director
7:30 PM
ANT 303

Wednesday, October 23

Workshop on ethnographic filmmaking and anthropological research, with Robert Lemelson
Limited space; interested graduate students must RSVP to Jenny Chio
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Monday, November 4

Contentious Claims and Emerging Issues around GMOs
Peggy Barlett, Emory Department of Anthropology
4:15 - 5:30 PM
Organized by the ANT504 Agrarian Transformations class

Monday, November 11

Medicines from Nature: Ethnobotany and the Science of Human Health
Cassandra Quave (Human Health, Emory)
4:15 PM
ANT 206

Field studies over the past decade on the ethnomedical practices of Italians and ethnic Albanians in Italy have revealed a dynamic traditional pharmacopeia used in the treatment and management of infectious diseases related to the skin and soft tissues (SSTI) of both humans and animals (primarily livestock). Following fieldwork, more than 200 extracts were created from these medicinal plants, which were then analyzed for their antimicrobial activity, particularly with regards to Staphylococcus aureus. While historically, most published studies on the antimicrobial properties of medicinal plants have focused on growth inhibitory or killing activity, an anti-pathogenesis approach was used instead. This approach allowed for the exploration of alternative modes of action of these natural products, which is particularly useful for those plants that, despite common use in the folk remedies for SSTI, do not exhibit bacteriostatic or bactericidal activity. More specifically, analysis of the anti-pathogenic potential of these extracts has revealed several plant extracts with unique biofilm and quorum sensing inhibition against clinical isolates of multidrug-resistant S. aureus. Here, the highlights from these studies are discussed as they relate to the traditional uses of these medicinal species. New approaches to understanding the anti-infective potential of traditional remedies for the improvement of human health will be explored.

Dr. Cassandra L. Quave holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Dermatology in the Emory University School of Medicine and Emory Center for the Study of Human Health, where she leads drug discovery research initiatives and teaches undergraduate courses on medicinal plants, food and health. Trained as a medical ethnobotanist, her research is focused on the documentation and analysis of botanical remedies used in the treatment of infectious disease. To date, she has published more than 40 scientific works and has been the PI on three National Institutes of Health grants. Dr. Quave has been involved in the Open Science Network as a core team member since 2010 and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethnobiology and EthnomedicineEvidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and Ethnobiology and Conservation.

Monday, December 2

Better the Devil you Know: Christianity, Politics and Society in Kenya
Gregory Deacon (University of Oxford, UK)
4:15 PM
ANT 206

Christian language and understandings form a dominant component in much of Kenyan life. This was especially visible during the general election of 2013 in which the victorious Jubilee coalition campaigned using a narrative according to which the nation was being washed clean of past sins, redeemed, and born again.  These issues are used as a lens for conceptualizing current understandings of African Christianity and how these relate to politics and contemporary socioeconomic conditions in Kenya.

Dr. Greg Deacon is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellow of St. Antony’s College. His current research project is titled “The Complex Role of Varied Categories of Pentecostalism: Testing Accepted Wisdom Through the Lens of Civil Society and Elections in Kenya.” In particular his work explores the role of  Pentecostal churches and Pentecostalism in Kenya’s most recent general election, which took place on the 4th of March 2013. His recent publications include “Allowing Satan in? Toward a Political Economy of Pentecostalism in Kenya,” Journal of Religion in Africa (43) 2, 108-130, 2013 (with Gabrielle Lynch).

Saturday, December 7

Slices of Time:  A Dynamic Performance Showcase
By the students in Prof. Debra Vidali's ANT 385W/THEA 389W class
5:30-7:00 PM
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Theater Lab

Slices of Time is an experiment in ethnographic theater, based on original participant-observation & interview research.  Students will highlight the many ways in which concepts of time weave through our lives & our relations to each other.  Performance will be followed by an open discussion.  Artistic Director, Ken Hornbeck.


Monday, August 26
New Graduate Student Department Orientation/Program Overview
Continental breakfast will be served.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ANT 108

September 21-22
Proposal Writing Institute led by Dr. Cory Kratz

The PWI is an intensive workshop intended for students who already have a good draft proposal and will be applying for fall deadlines. Applications deadline: August 28. Limit: 10 students
Application information.

September 23
Grant Writing Forum led by Dr. Cory Kratz

The Grant Writing Forum is a half-day workshop that provides an overview via presentations on grant writing, how proposals are read and assessed, how to identify funding sources, etc. It is suitable for all students, but those early in their careers find it particularly helpful. Application information.

Wednesday, September 25 - Friday, September 27
Research Design Seminar led by Dr. Russ Bernard

This will be an intensive 3-day workshop for cultural and biological anthropology students that will give participants an opportunity to work on defining study questions, learning to integrate method and theory, and mapping out a research project that will maximize the chance of answering proposed research questions. These are critical skills for all anthropologists and absolutely necessary for successful grant writing. Given the intensive and interactive nature of the workshop, students must commit to attending the full three sessions — it is understood that participants will miss classes that meet during the workshop. (Limit: 10 students)

Dr. Russ Bernard is the author of several excellent books on methods in anthropology and co-Director of the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for Research Design in Cultural Anthropology.

Friday, November 15
Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion — Field Research and Post-field Writing
Noon / ANT 206

Attention 1st-year, 2nd-year, 3rd-year and post-field graduate students: Please join us on Friday, November 15th at noon in the conference room (206) for a brown bag lunch where pre-field students can interact with post-field students and ask relevant questions, raise concerns and discuss the logistics of completing the dissertation after fieldwork. We all know that the processes of fieldwork and writing can be daunting, but there is much to be gained by learning from your peers.  Post-field students, please RSVP to Casey Bouskill if you would be willing to take part and answer questions from the pre-field students (and please  don't forget what an invaluable resource students ahead of you in the program once were for you!). Students who are not yet performing their dissertation research, please feel free to send any questions or concerns to Casey so that we can best prepare.  Potential topics could include: daily life in the field, returning home, preparing for exams, forming a dissertation outline, setting a timeline, co-teaching and writing simultaneously, finding a family/work balance, and anything else you would like to hear/share!


Friday, October 18

The Class is the Thing (aka How to Give a Great Lecture)
Professor Marshall Duke, Candler Professor of Psychology, Emory University
3:00 - 5:00 PM
ANT 206

Friday, November 8

Movement and Interactivity in the Classroom
led by Ken Hornbeck and Debra Vidali
3:00-5:00 PM
ANT 206



Monday, February 3

Human Evolution in Eastern Asia: Current Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Christopher J. Bae (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
4:00 PM
ANT 206

Monday, February 17

Technological Change During the Middle and Late Pleistocene of Africa: Implications for Modern Human Origins
Jayne Wilkins (Arizona State University)
4:00 PM
ANT 206

Monday, February 24

Neanderthal and Homo sapiens Mobility and the Evolution of the Modern Hunter-Gatherer Niche
Julien Riel-Salvatore (University of Colorado, Denver)
4:00 PM
ANT 206

Monday, March 3

Building Multidisciplinary Research in Novel Contexts: Current Results from the Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project
Jessica Thompson (University of Queensland)
4:00 PM
ANT 206

Monday, March 17

Early Environments, Inflammation and the Perpetuation of Health Disparities within and Across Generations
Thom McDade (PhD Emory, 1999; Northwestern University)
4:00 PM
ANT 206

Thom McDade is a biological anthropologist specializing in human population biology. His work is primarily concerned with the dynamic interrelationships among society, biology and health over the life course, with an emphasis on life course approaches to stress and the human immune system. The development and application of minimally-invasive methods for integrating physiological measures into population-based research is also a major area of interest. Prior research in Samoa, and ongoing research in Bolivia and Ecuador, investigates how local cultural transitions associated with globalization affect human development and health, while research in the Philippines is exploring the long term developmental consequences of early nutritional and microbial environments. He is currently applying conceptual and methodological tools from this work to US-based research on health disparities, with an emphasis on the potential contributions of stress and environments in infancy.

Dr. McDade is Director of Northwestern's Laboratory for Human Biology Research, and Director of Cells to Society (C2S): Center on Social Disparities and Health. He is also Director of the Graduate Cluster in Society, Biology, and Health. McDade's work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and he was a 2002 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Wednesday April 2

Anthropology meets Psychiatry: the cultural epidemiology of ritual healing
William S. Sax (University of Heidelberg)
4:00 PM
White Hall 102

Thursday April 3

Karna’s Realm: a very little kingdom in the Himalayas
William S. Sax (University of Heidelberg)
4:00 PM
White Hall 102

Dr. Sax, professor of Anthropology, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, is the author of Mountain Goddess: Gender and Politics in a Himalayan PilgrimageDancing the Self: Personhood and Performance in the Pandav Lila of GarhwalGod of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas, and The Valley of the Kauravas: Divine Kingdoms of the Western Himalaya (forthcoming).

Dr. Sax's lectures are cosponsored by the Hightower Lecture Fund, the Halle Institute, the Departments of Religion, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Anthropology.
Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Religion at 404-727-7596.



Friday, January 31

Teaching "An Introduction to Anthropology" Class (3 or 4 Field)
A moderated panel discussion with Peter Brown, Liv Nilsson Stutz, and Bradd Shore
3:00-5:00 PM
ANT 206

Friday, April 18

Ethical Issues in Teaching & Mentoring: Case Studies from Anthropology
3:00-5:00 PM
ANT 206


Friday, February 21

Second Year Students — Upcoming Milestones
9:30-10:30 AM / ANT 206

Friday, February 28

Summer Funding
9:00-10:00 AM / ANT 206


Friday, March 7

Research Proposal Defense — Sean Dolan
Markets & Islam: The Malaysian Halal Industry
2:00 PM / ANT 206

Thursday, March 20

Dissertation Presentation — Jen Kuzara
Shifting Roles in Gender, Kinship, and the Household: Women's Empowerment in Matrilineal Malawi
4:00 PM / ANT 206

Friday, March 28

Dissertation Presentation — Tyralynn Frazier
The Social Production of Reproductive Health Disparities
3:00 PM / ANT 206

Monday, March 31

Dissertation Presentation — Aun Lor
What is Research in Public Health Practice? Social Construction and Cultural Interpretation of Research and Practice at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4:00 PM / ANT 206

Friday, April 4

Dissertation Presentation — Amy Cobden
Party Animals: Food, Sociality and Stress in Wild Bonobos (Pan panisciscus) of Iyema, Lomako Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo
1:00 PM / ANT 206

Friday, April 11

Dissertation Presentation — Dinah Hannaford
Married to the Mobile: Migration, Gender, Class and Kinship in Contemporary Senegal
2:00 PM / ANT 206

Thursday, April 17

Dissertation Presentation — Kwame Phillips
Rivers of Blood and Babylon: An ethnography of social suffering and resilience among Caribbean service users in London
4:00 PM / ANT 206

Friday, April 18

Research Proposal Defense — Anlam Filiz
Cultures of Integration: (Non) Belonging, Gender, and Entrepreneurship among Turkish Migrants in Berlin
1:00 PM / ANT 206